Last week, I attended a Dine event at The Mansion, Roundhay, Leeds. As though being asked to dine at a stately home wasn’t enough, we were also going to be making floral crowns – probably one of my favourite ideas ever.
The invites from JB Creatives were so luxurious that I knew it was going to be a great evening full of finer details. Have you ever seen an invite as good as this? Arriving in a sturdy box, I received an origami flower with glitter on, and layers of gorgeous marble paper with details about the event. Plus, another little touch was this gold, glittered chocolate lipstick! You simply can’t say no to an invite like that and even though I have no plans for needing wedding stationery any time soon, I know I would completely trust them to do a fantastic job of it.
Turning up at the Grade II listed building, I was excited to get inside and meet everyone. Inside were large rooms and a beautiful staircase. The high ceilings and huge chandelier made the place seem really special and definitely a great place for big occasions.
The Floral Crown Workshop
Once inside (of course I was late!), the lovely ladies from Twisted Willow were on hand to help us all make a flower crown. Mine ended up becoming more of a wreath – it looked huge on my head – but I loved it anyway! It was so fun and I’ve decided that that’s my new hobby for the year because I really want to live in a floral crown day in day out! Learning a bit more about the flowers was great too, and it was interesting hearing stories and thoughts from around the table. I met new people too and they were lovely to chat to while we went about our crafts. I would definitely go to Twisted Willow for any floral needs after meeting the ladies and seeing what they do. I’ve had a look at their Instagram too, and they make everything look magical!
Reception Drinks & Canapés
The reception drinks were Domaine J. Laurens Blanquette de Limoux ‘Le Moulin’ NV ~ Limoux, FRANCE (Sparkling White) or Elderflower spritz for the non-alcohol drinkers. I am a bit fussy when it comes to canapés. However, the beautiful canapes not only looked fabulous, but tasted great too. I especially liked the venison tartare, and the smoking dome was so impressive!
Venison Tartare on Chocolate Spätzle Discs
Ham Hock & Smoked Wensleydale Croquette with Apple Gel, served in a smoking dome
Caprini Goats Cheese Cones with Tomato & Dill Concase, Fig & Balsamic Caviar
The dinner itself was incredible! I like fine dining, but it went beyond my expectations. I’ve been telling everyone about it. I liked the variety of dishes, and although I would not usually choose seafood or fish dishes, they were great and it was good to try something new. Of course certain dietary requirements were catered for as well. The food was perfection and the paired wines were a great touch and really complented each meal. The coffee and beautiful Lauden Chocolate was a perfect ending to a delicious meal.
The dinner service was really well run, and I thought the staff were fantastic. The table settings were perfect too, with gorgeous floral centrepieces and gold glitter leaves, and even down to the cutlery and glasses. All of the finer details were looked after.
Crab & Saffron Risotto, Pan Fried Scallops & Tempura Soft Shell Crab
Wine – Hugel ‘Classic’ Pinot Blanc 2013 – France – perfect for seafood!
Fallow Deer with Spiced Umbrian Lentils, Choucroute, Smoked Kale & Chocolate Jus
Wine – Domaine Terres Georges ‘Quintessence’ Minervois 2014 – predominantly Syrah red forest fruit flavours
Dark Chocolate & Rosemary Tart with Fennel Ice-Cream, Orange Sherbet & Baked White Chocolate
Wine – Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2015 -modern wine suits chocolate
Lauden Chocolates served with Tea & Coffee
The Event & Dine
The night was perfect and a lovely start to the New Year, plus it was during my birthday week, so I’ve sneaked it in as part of my celebrations! Everybody I spoke to was really lovely and it was such a great group of people. I loved getting to know them all better and hope to see them at future events. This was my first event of the year and will take a lot of living up to!
As for Dine as a company, they created a wonderful event and I would completely trust them to organise any event for me, even though I am the most particular person when it comes to events and food. I was so impressed throughout the whole evening and could tell that all other guests were too. I have never come across a company that is so meticulous in their planning and look after all of the finer details, but they have chosen the best businesses to work with and it all came together so well on the evening. Each business involved added their own special touch to the evening to make it unforgettable.
As if the event itself wasn’t enough, we also got given a fabulous goody bag to take home with us, as well as our floral crowns (or my ‘wreath’!). The bag included a Dine book full of menu ideas and event information, a lovely plant in a gorgeous copper pot from Twisted Willow, a Neom relaxing mist, and Hotel Chocolat chocolates in special Dine packaging.
I’m sure I’ll be posting even more pictures so check out my Instagram to see more about the goody bag items. You can also follow the hashtag #foodandflowers to see other people’s floral crowns, photos and blog posts.
I’d like to thank Cicada Communications Limited for the invite and all of the other people involved in making this such an incredible evening.
What do you think of the evening? Have you even been to an event like this? Tell me about it in the comments, and feel free to post your links if you have similar blog posts.